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By SANJESHNI NAND
On 14 March, 2014, the Minister for Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment, Honourable Jone Usamate was the keynote speaker at the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) graduation for 70 Fijian citizens. The ceremony took place at the Vale ni Soqo in Novotel, Nadi.
APTC is a development program funded by the Australian Government. APTC has campuses in five countries across the Pacific region – Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. APTC is a centre of training excellence, supporting individuals to gain qualifications for a wide range of vocational careers.
APTC CEO Denise O’Brien hosted 200 invited guests including the Australian High Commission’s Regional Minister-Counsellor for Development, John Davidson, Consortium Board members, APTC staff, graduates’ families and employers, and industry representatives.
The graduates had successfully completed their studies in one of the following APTC Certificate III and Certificate IV courses – Carpentry, Children’s Services, Hospitality (Lodge), Hospitality (Operations), Hospitality (Commercial Cookery), Hospitality (Patisserie), Hospitality Supervision and Tourism.
APTC delivers training in Australian qualifications accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework which is recognised locally, regionally and internationally.